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The Boston Globe


Nov. 2, 2012

Change urged for drunken driving cases

A special counsel urged the state’s highest court Thursday to embrace measures, including tougher laws and changes in courtroom policy, to help erase the “appearance of leniency’’ in drunken driving cases decided by judges instead of juries.

Judges in some Massachusetts courts, particularly in Worcester County, acquit nearly all drunken driving defendants who waive their right to a jury trial, according to a yearlong study of the court system that recommends curbing “judge shopping.’’

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